Reports | July 02, 2012 13:55

Another cool game from the Chinese league

Another cool game from the Chinese league

Last November we posted a brief article titled "A cool game from the Chinese league". The club competition in China stretches out between April and December with a few rounds played every one or two months. We're not reporting on it each time, unless we see something special – like another cool game!

The playing hall in Taizhou | Photos by Fan Lulu

The Chinese Chess League 2012 takes place from 28th April to 22nd December 2012. There are 12 teams playing a double rond robin of 22 rounds. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game with a 30-second increment.

The leading participants are Wang Hao (CHN, 2733), Vladimir Malakhov (RUS, 2712), Alexander Riazantsev (RUS, 2710), Li Chao (CHN, 2703), Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2698), Alexander Motylev (RUS, 2685), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN, 2666), Ding Liren (CHN, 2660), Hou Yifan (CHN, 2639), Ni Hua (CHN 2637), Zhou Weiqi (CHN, 2628), Zhou Jianchao (CHN 2625), Zaven Andriasyan (ARM, 2618) and Yu Yangyi (CHN 2615).

The first four rounds were held April 28th - May 1st in Beijing while rounds 5-7 took place June 27-29 in Taizhou, Jiangsu. At the moment the Shanghai Jianqiao Academy Team, with Ni Hua and Zhou Jianchao on top boards, is leading the pack with 11 match points.

Chinese league 2012 | Round 7 standings

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 6 Shanghai Jianqiao Academy Team 7 5 1 1 11 21.5 0
2 4 Beijing AIGO Team 7 4 2 1 10 20.5 0
3 8 Jiangsu Taizhou Team 7 3 3 1 9 20.5 0
4 2 Chongqing Team 7 4 1 2 9 20.0 0
5 3 Tianjin Qin Huangdao Team 7 4 1 2 9 19.0 0
6 9 Shandong Gree Team 7 2 4 1 8 19.0 0
7 12 Wuxi Huafang Construction Team 7 2 3 2 7 18.0 2
8 1 Zhejiang Yinzhou Team 7 3 1 3 7 18.0 0
9 5 Chengdu Bank Team 7 1 2 4 4 14.0 0
10 10 Qingdao School Team 7 1 2 4 4 13.5 0
11 7 Guangdong Huateng Club Team 7 1 1 5 3 14.0 0
12 11 Hebei Sports Lottery Team 7 0 3 4 3 12.0 0

Ding Liren (2660), who won his third consecutive Chinese Championship last April, continues to show big progress. He scored 6/7 in the league so far, good for a 2827 performance rating.

Hou Yifan (2639), on the other hand, seems to be struggling with her form whenever she plays in her home country. She scored 50% score over seven rounds (performance 2565).

Last Thursday a nice game was played on board one of the match Chongqing - Chengdu Bank. It should have ended in a quicky draw, but when Black went wrong on move 18, a devastating move by White was immediately decisive.

Motylev-Wang Hao
Chinese league (Taizhou), 28-06-2012

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Qe2 b5

PGN string

8. Nd5

In this position Wang Hao himself played 8. a4 against Le Quang Liem, earlier this year in Beijing.

8...Bb7 9. Bxf6 Nxf6 10. Nxf6+

PGN string


10... gxf6 11. O-O-O Qc7 12. Kb1 O-O-O 13. g3 Kb8 14. Bg2 e6 15. Bf3 Rg8 16. h4 Rc8 was Alsina Leal,D (2545)-Alonso Rosell,A (2493)/Sabadell 2011.

11. a4 bxa4 12. Qc4

White wants to take on a4 with the queen and play an ending where he has the better pawn structure.


PGN string

The point of this move will become clear immediately.

13. Rxa3 d5!

Solving the problem of the isolated queen's pawn with tempo.

14. Qa4+

White continues with his strategy.

14...Qd7 15. Qxd7+ Kxd7 16. Rb3 Kc7 17. Rc3+ Kb6 18.Rb3+

PGN string


There was nothing better than the silent draw offer 18... Kc7.

19. Bxa6!!

PGN string

and Black resigned. 19...Bxa6 allows mate in one, and 19...Kxa6 20.Kd2/20.Ke2/20.0-0 is mate in five.

A nice miniature by Alexander Motylev

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


blah's picture

good job stealing the article from

Amos's picture

Yeah sure, writing on the same topic = stealing.

Peter Doggers's picture

Indeed. In fact, there have been countless examples of very similar articles on CV and CB. To give just one example: their post on Anand's lecture was published after our article, and also looked "very similar". Also with the re-appearance of WhyChess, there will be several English language sources to choose from when one wants to follow chess news – quite a healthy situation.

mishanp's picture

Yep, for instance the Motylev game/winning move was mentioned at WhyChess before it appeared at ChessBase (, though in turn I first saw it mentioned by the twitter feed of, and Chess-News also wrote about the game.

Or take ChessBase's story today on businessmen who play chess: That was covered 6 days ago at WhyChess:

It's generally a good thing that stories are being covered by different sites, as long as any copying of original content isn't done without acknowledgement (not a problem ChessVibes has).

Thomas's picture

And the Chessvibes story has added value: So far it seems to be the only one showing the entire game - indicating that the (nonetheless brilliant) 19.Bxa6!! was a sudden opportunity rather than the logical culmination of a deep concept.

Septimus's picture

And he plants both feet firmly in his mouth...

Columbo's picture

healthy situation +1

noyb's picture

Are both services using the same author, or are they producing similarly worded reports from the same source, or... ?

Peter Doggers's picture

Gujuan Tzu, who runs a blog, always provides us small reports, which he probably sends to CB as well. This is probably the reason why the sentences might be similar as well in some cases, not only the subject. Althought we certainly try, it's impossible to write independent stories on all topics.

litmus's picture

Still, I am curious why neither site gives photo credits the way that TWIC, for example, does. I assume that all the photos in the CB and CV articles came from the same unknown source. And I am guessing that the standings table was a cut-and-paste job from In fact, CB even copied the links on the team names to the chess-results site, but CV simply deleted those links.

Peter Doggers's picture

These photos were taken by Fan Lulu for Sina's chess page (which I forgot to mention and have just added to the report). Via Gujuan Tzu we received permission to use Fan's images. About the table: yes, I usually create tables directly from Chess-Results, as there is no better way to obtain them. At first I had the links in there as well, until I noticed that they don't actually lead to the individual teams and their players, but to round results of all teams. This isn't very helpful - better without the links.

litmus's picture

Thanks for adding the attribution for the photos. As an old academic, I tend to err on the side of excessive attribution. Even though the Chess-Results table is automatically generated, I believe that it still deserves a citation. I don't think your work is lessened if you point out where you benefited from others' contributions.

Chess Fan's picture

What a brilliant and teaching game from the former Russian National Champion against a player of the caliber of Wang Ho.
Ding Liren also seems to be a young player to watch out for - reminds me of You Yifan with his consistent and strong wins.

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